Malinga and Dilhara in Sri Lanka Test squad
The national cricket selectors yesterday recalled speed star Lasith
Malinga and fast bowler Dilhara Fernando and left out mystery spinner
Ajantha Mendis from the 16 member squad for the home Test series against
India which begins on July 18 at the Galle International Stadium.
The national selectors have also dropped pace bowlers Nuwan
Kulasekara and Tilina Thushara and have named three uncapped players
namely off spinner Suraj Randiv and two left hand batsmen Thilina
Kandamby and Lahiru Thirimanne.
Lasith Malinga played his last Test against England at Galle in 2007
before a knee injury laid him low and forced him out of cricket for nine
Off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who is due to retire at the end of
Galle Test has also been named in the squad along with left-arm spinner
Rangana Herath and young off-spinner Suraj Randiv.
The veteran of 132 Tests, Muralitharan needs eight more wickets to
reach the magical 800-wicket mark. After the Test in Galle, the action
shifts to Colombo where the second Test will be played at the SSC
grounds from July 26 and the third and final Test at the P.
Saravanamuttu Oval from August 3.
Meanwhile Thilan Samaraweera will captain the Sri Lanka Board
Presidentís XI in the three day practice match against India which
commences on July 13 at the NCC ground in Maitland Place.
The team also includes first-choice Test wicket keeper Prasanna
Jayawardene and promising batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne, Ashan Priyanjana
and Dinesh Chandimal.
The Sri Lanka Test squad: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Muttiah
Muralitharan (vice captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana,
Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna
Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Dilhara Fernando, Dammika
Prasad, Suraj Randiv, Thilina Kandamby, Chanaka Welegedara, Lahiru
The Sri Lanka Board Presidentís XI: Thilan Samaraweera (captain),
Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thilina Kandamby, Prasanna Jayawardene,
Ashan Priyanjana, Kaushal Silva, Chanaka Welegedara, Dilhara Fernando,
Chaminda Vidanapathirana, Sachitra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan
Pradeep, Kusal Janith, Dinesh Chandimal.